Athens Real Estate
Athens is a small village centered around the intersection of N Cleveland Road and Athens Boonesboro Road (State Road 418), just east of the I-75 and 10 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky. Athens is known for its storied history, beautiful farmland, and the large Blue Sky Industrial Estate nearby. Most of the properties for sale in this area are either workable land or single-family homes on spacious, multi-acre lots.
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As mentioned, most of the homes for sale around Athens are large, Colonial-revival residences occupying spacious estates or farms.
Many of the farms around Athens are fitted for keeping horses, with large fields, paddocks, riding rings, and stables. These facilities will allow you to make use of the gentle fields and infrastructure in one of the world's premier horse farming regions.
Within Athens itself there are a number of single-family residences. These display either classic farmhouse designs, Colonial-revival elements, or classic suburban styles.
Many of the single-family residences with smaller lots tend to cluster around Cleveland Road and Old Richmond Road further south. This allows convenient proximity to the I-75 and quick access to both Lexington and Richmond. Many of these homes display elements of 19th-century design, including redbrick exteriors, quoins, and lintels, combined with more rustic farmhouse elements, like large front porches and dormer windows.
For their size, and the space offered, homes around Athens are very affordable when compared to the national market. So if you're looking for somewhere to escape or retire, perhaps from another state, then this could be the location for you.
Area Attractions & Amenities Near Athens KY
Athens is a charming rural village only minutes away from nearby Lexington, Kentucky. The central village of Athens is small - the very definition of a small country community. But don't let that fool you, the true heart of this community is distributed over the rolling fields and farmlands that extend for miles in every direction.
Athens proper offers a number of attractions to bring this wide community together. In addition to the numerous churches, there's also J. Mike Alexander & Associates - a local entertainment and live music venue that is housed within one of the cute historic buildings that dot the town.
Another nearby attraction is the Athens Schoolhouse Antique Store. A great place to browse for beautiful and distinct treasures to remember your time here.
Below are some other local highlights, all within a short drive of Athens KY...
Things To Do In Southeast Fayette County KY
- Grimes Mill Winery - South of Athens, off Old Richmond and Grimes Mill Roads, a winery that offers tastings, tours, and a beautiful space for events.
- Jean Farris Winery & Bistro - Southwest of Athens and the I-75, this winery includes a farm-to-table restaurant and also hosts music events.
- Floracliff Nature Sanctuary - Providing guided hikes and events across 346 acres of preserved nature in the Kentucky River Palisades region.
- Boone Station State Historic Site - 46-acre homesite of American icon Daniel Boone in the 18th century.
- Hamburg Pavilion - A large shopping complex and retail area 6 minutes, or 6 miles, northwest of Athens. Includes a Cabela's, Costco, Target, Best Buy, Meijer, and many more.
- Kentucky River - This beautiful natural feature is 4 miles south of Athens, providing beautiful views and venues for appreciating the beauty of Kentucky.
- Athens Softball Complex - Just south of the Blue Sky Industrial Estate, this facility provides 3 full-sized ball diamonds.
And, of course, the Blue Sky Industrial Estate provides both ample employment options and services to the Athens community. Industries in this area tend to focus on construction, agriculture, and auto-related. For example, there is a large car auction business and a truck accessories supplier. There is also a UPS Freight center northwest of the Blue Sky Parkway loop.
Athens KY History
While Athens may have an unassuming charm, it also has quite a storied history for the area.
To begin with, the village location was the site of a major bison crossing, which was also the source of the town's original name: Cross Plains. This makes the area significant, both as a natural wonder (at the time), and for the settlers and pioneers that followed.
One of the first to settle permanently was American folk hero Daniel Boone. He and his family established Boone's Station in 1782, now the site of the Boone Station State Historic Site.
The town of Cross Plains followed shortly after in 1782 and later became Athens in 1826. The town suffered setbacks due to fires from 1850-1860, which destroyed many of the local businesses and buildings. Athens never fully recovered from these and remains a small village, with only a handful of historic buildings, to this day.
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